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The Hero’s and Entrepreneur’s Journey: Pulling Away from Desperation to Success in Life and Business

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Most people are caught in desperate situations and many are on the edge of giving up. But wait! What if there is a way out? Would you take it?

Our desperate girl series covers an individual who found herself in a similar spot as millions of other people world wide. Instead of giving up, she did a wise thing. She asked for help and hundreds of caring individuals flocked to her aid.

This series looks at some selected answers and suggestions she was offered in online business, education and training, part-time job, make money online, changing her life through the supernatural power of Jesus Christ, and  many other answers.

Follow this series and you too will find answers that will address your own specific situation.

This first answer in our desperate girl series is from:

 John Chang, I help creative entrepreneurs make small changes for BIG results

8.7k Views · John has 210+ answers in Startup Advice and Strategy

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Here is what he had to say to our 22 year old desperate girl with no money, joy or college degree.

To avoid duplicate content issues, this may not be a direct quote but more of a paraphrase.

Like first responders arriving at the scene of a disaster, you need to triage your situation –first things first.

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Everyone is taught “ABC” when they learn CPR – Airway, Breathing, Circulation.

Right now you need oxygen.. STAT – even if it’s just a gulp of air like part-time work to make money online.

Unless you take some key steps, you will fail again and again. But no matter what, it’s about becoming who you need to be.

Find any work that needs your current skills – that’s a start. Besides Craigslist, your personal network is probably the best source of leads, but desperation can be a money repellent.

Be frank and honest, but centered with an attitude of “how can I help?” Always remember to seek value before reward.

Once you’ve got some breathing room, then you can think about something more ambitious.

Starting a business online or offline is like trying to build a submarine while diving.

Until your sub is built, you can only stay under for so long.

Seed money is your oxygen tank. The more seed, the longer you can work on your submarine before needing to come back up for air.

While many people have started businesses with little or no money, they still needed to have their basic needs taken care of somehow – either a regular job, some other source of income or supportive spouse.

I agree with Luke Ev that you don’t need to dive into some expensive training program but you still need some training to succeed in online business. As I’ve previously shared, a friend’s spouse trained under a chef before working at a five-star hotel.

Luckily, the spouse didn’t enroll in a pricey culinary institute because she’d still be paying off those student loans – long after she decided that it wasn’t the life for her!

Treat your part-time work as exploration – not just as a way of earning money online, but also seeing what you can learn about yourself and what you can see yourself starting a business doing.

You never know where your curiosity will take you.

But I disagree with the popular “follow your passion” advice. As Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs also points out, this is dangerous advice.

So instead, follow your curiosity – what I consider the most essential skill in business.

One of my favorite stories of following your curiosity, of course, is Steve Jobs and how he pursued his fascination with calligraphy.

“If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backward 10 years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward.”

This is your entrepreneur’s journey.

Recently, I realized how it’s also the hero’s journey.


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